Singapore is an island country and modern city-state best known for its booming economy. The country was once dismissed as a mere stopover; it has now reinvented itself as one of the economic and metropolitan attractions in South East Asia. It is located at the tip of the Malay Peninsula and shaped like a diamond. Even though majority of the nation is highly urbanized, a large part of its vegetation has remained untouched.
Singapore is recognized as one of the world’s main commercial hubs and a major financial center. The globalized and diverse economy depends on trade and manufacturing to help sustain its GDP. The nation is ranked highly in the international scene when it comes to finance, economy, education and health care. It is recognized as one of the Alpha Cities in the world alongside the ranks of London, New York, Paris and Sydney.
The population in Singapore is quite diverse although it is significantly predominated with Eurasians, Indians and Malays.
Currency: The currency in Singapore is Singaporean Dollar.
Official Language(s): There are four official languages used in Singapore: English, Malay, Tamil and Mandarin.
Wi-Fi Availability: The Singaporean government launched Wireless@SG in 2006, which provides tourists access to free WiFi while in Singapore. It is also available to residents of Singapore. All you need to do is register an account to have internet access on the go.
Airport/s: Changi Airport is the primary airport of the Republic of Singapore. It offers flights to over 200 destinations all over the world with 80 international airlines.
Visa Required? In order to visit Singapore, you do not need to own or obtain a visa. However, you will be allowed a maximum of 30 days’ stay.
Driving: Singapore is similar to the UK as all drivers are required to drive on the left hand side of the road.
International Driver’s License Accepted? Foreign tourists driving in Singapore can use their foreign driver’s license in order to legally drive in Singapore. Under special circumstances, tourists can also apply for a Singaporean driver’s license.
Crime: Singapore has one of the lowest crime rates in the world with a 30 year crime rate low.
Electrical Adapters: The electrical outlets used in Singapore are powered by 230 Volts and 50 Hertz. If you are traveling from a country with a different electrical outlet, do not forget to bring your electrical adapter.
How to Travel to Singapore:
From Malaysia: You can take the train from Malaysia to Singapore (approximately 67 hours travel time) or bus (approximately 45 hours)
From United States: There are several airlines flying from various points in the United States to Singapore. The average flight time is 19 hours.
You can fly to and from Singapore via the following airlines: Singapore Airlines, SilkAir, Tigerair or Jetstar Asia Airways.
Where I’ve Been to in Singapore
- Singapore Zoo
- Stamford Raffles Statue
- Merlion Park
- Marina Bay Sands, Singapore
- Indian Holi Festival
- Naumi Hotel
- Hindu Temple in Singapore